Two pigs were found wandering the streets of Minneapolis on Friday, a rare sight in a city that doesn't allow residents to keep hoofed animals.
In a city ruled for years by squirrels, joined in recent years by backyard poultry, some might feel sidewalk-trotting swine is still a stretch, but when the staff at Agape Child Development Center at 23rd and Emerson Avenue North were embarking on their day, they saw two little piggies heading nowhere in particular.
Shortly after the sighting, the pigs were in police custody and taken to Minneapolis Animal Care and Control as police were able to corner the pair in a fenced yard.
Because they're farm animals, Animal Control has them in the back of the facility, a place off-limits to anyone but staff. In order to obtain access, FOX 9 News handed over a GoPro camera and asked them to get some video of the traditional farm pigs.
The city of Minneapolis does not allow hoofed animals, so owners may not come forward in fear of receiving harsh sanctions under city ordinance.
Either someone thought they'd made good pets, then changed their mind once they got big, or someone thought they'd be a good meal -- that is, until they got away.
All other theories aside, the Iowa Hawkeyes were in town to face the Minnesota Gophers in their Big 10 opener -- perhaps they brought the pigs along as a nod to a long-standing Gopher-Hawkeye rivalry with a tradition that launched in 1934 in which the Floyd of Rosedale trophy in the shape of a pig is awarded to the winner of each game. On Saturday, Iowa maintained ownership of the pig for the second year in a row, but now, the city of Minneapolis now has two live pigs of its own to maintain. Perhaps two is enough.
If the owners don't come forward in five days, the pigs will go to a farm rescue group.